One new facility that F1 fans have this year is ITV’s new Catchup service which allows you to watch ITV broadcasts of Formula 1 for 30 days after their original transmission. It’s great if you want to watch a race again or if you missed the race for some reason. My brother (who sometimes writes here as Onebrow) has missed the past two races and has relied upon ITV Catchup to, well, catch up.
The problem is that ITV Catchup itself is a dreadful, dreadful service. It is very flaky in Firefox and doesn’t even work all that well in Internet Exploder. You can’t move to different parts of the programme, and it shows the same adverts over and over again.
But all of this pales into insignificance compared to the crime ITV have committed with the Italian Grand Prix. Imagine managing to avoid the result of the race only to be presented with the following image when you sit down to watch it:
Of all the races this could have happened in as well! Is ITV run by actual monkeys or something?
“I was angry,” my brother said. I can well imagine! I think he’s going to write to them to complain about it. I certainly would.